Princeton in Mercer County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jenifer was attempting to block the advance of Union Gen. John C. Frémont’s Mountain Army as it marched to the Shenandoah Valley to support Nathaniel P. Banks against Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Jenifer sent about 200 cavalrymen and militia of his 300-man command on the road north from Princeton under Lt. Col. Henry Fitzhugh. At Camp Creek, a branch of the Bluestone River, Fitzhugh’s force clashed with Frémont’s advance guard — Lt. Col Rutherford B. Hayes’s 23rd Ohio Infantry — the withdrew to Princeton. There, Jenifer gathered up all the supplied he could carry, set fire to the town, and marched south to Rocky Gap.
Frémont reported that “after the affair at Camp Creek …Hayes pushed and drove Jenifer, with 300 cavalry, through Princeton. Jenifer ser fire to the place, but 6 or 8 houses were saved by Lieutenant-Colonel Hayes.” One of the dwellings was the McNutt House, where Hayes — the future president of the United States – made his headquarters with his aide, Sgt. William McKinley, another future president.
Erected 2008 by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 22.035′ N, 81° 6.146′ W. Marker is in Princeton, West Virginia, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of North Walker Street and Honaker Street (U.S. 19), on the left when traveling north on North Walker Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1522 North Walker Street, Princeton WV 24740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Princeton (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Revolution Bicentennial Bell (about 500 feet away); Richard Blankenship (about 500 feet away); Battle of Pigeon's Roost (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elizabeth Kee (approx. 9.5 miles away); Bluefield (approx. 9.5 miles away); Andrew Davidson (approx. 9.9 miles away); Bluefield State Teacher’s College (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Princeton.
Also see . . .
1. Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce: The Dr. Robert B. McNutt House. (Submitted on November 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Historical merit of Princeton house recognized. (Submitted on November 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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